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Analyzing Famous Speeches as Arguments
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Students are often asked to perform speeches, but rarely do we require students to analyze speeches as carefully as we study works of literature. In this unit, students are required to identify the rhetorical strategies in a famous speech and the specific purpose for each chosen device. They will write an essay about its effectiveness and why it is still famous after all these years.

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Composition and Rhetoric
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Analyzing Grammar Pet Peeves
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By analyzing Dear AbbyŐs ŇrantÓ about bad grammar usage, students become aware that attitudes about race, social class, moral and ethical character, and ŇproperÓ language use are intertwined.

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Composition and Rhetoric
Language, Grammar, and Vocabulary
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English Language Arts, Grade 11, American Dreamers, Evaluating and Responding, Peer Response Groups
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In this lesson, students will meet with their writing group to edit their papers. They'll learn the protocols and routines for responding to classmates' writing, and they will make a plan for revising their paper.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, American Dreamers, Evaluating and Responding, Personal Visions of the American Dream
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In this lesson, students will begin to plan for their final paper, in which they will argue for their personal vision of the American Dream.

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Chris Adcock
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, American Dreamers, Making the Case for..., Portraying Your Character
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In this lesson, students will begin to make concrete plans about how to portray their character in their presentation and how to structure their argument in order to best appeal to their audience.

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English Language Arts
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Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, American Dreamers, Making the Case for..., Reading about the American Dream
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In this lesson, students will meet with their Independent Reading group to discuss their book and how it relates to the conversations they have been having about the American Dream.

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English Language Arts
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Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Can Cheaters Be Winners?, Can Cheaters Be Winners?, Survey & Discussion On Cheating
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In this lesson, students will take a survey on cheating and discuss it with the class. Then they will read and annotate “Stuyvesant Students Describe the How and the Why of Cheating,” noting the claims, counterclaims, reasons, and evidence in the article.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Can Cheaters Be Winners?, Can Cheaters Be Winners?, The Concept Of Cheating Excercise
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In this lesson, students will revisit the articles on cheating that they have read so far. Then they will create metaphors, similes, and skits based on the concept of cheating.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Much Ado About Nothing, How Do We Judge People?, Shakespeare Performed
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In this lesson, students will see some of Shakespeare’s genius as performed. They may find that even if they do not know every word, they can certainly understand a lot of what is happening.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Chris Adcock
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Much Ado About Nothing, How Do We Judge People?, Types of Humor
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In this lesson, students will learn to identify different kinds of humor in Much Ado About Nothing and see how Shakespeare’s use of prose in certain scenes, not iambic pentameter, helps with the comedic effect.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Name That Theme, Name That Theme, Culminating Assessment (Writing Portion)
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 In this lesson, you will take the writing portion of the culminating assessment. You will continue to use the skills you have learned in the first three lessons of this unit.Today, students will take the writing portion of the culminating assessment.They will reflect on all the material they have read in this unit, and they will use their understanding of all the material presented to them to write an essay. You will evaluate their work in both reading comprehension and writing.Lesson PreparationRead the lesson and student content.Anticipate student difficulties and identify the differentiation options you will choose for working with your students.If you have students on an IEP or other accommodations, check to see whether they receive extended time or need an alternative test setting. Work with the professional supporting SWDs to make sure student needs are met.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Chris Adcock
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Name That Theme, Name That Theme, Visual Representation
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In this lesson, students will consider the difference between a theme and amain idea and create a visual representation comparing your two texts. Finally, they'll talk about why and how you can cite evidence from texts.In this lesson, students will consider the difference between a theme and amain idea and create a visual representation comparing their two texts. Finally, they’ll talk about why and how they can cite evidence from texts.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, Communicating a Digital Experience, Exhibit Creative Format
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In this lesson, students will finalize and set up their exhibits. This lesson is their opportunity to bring together all of their research and understanding into a creative format for other people to experience.

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English Language Arts
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Chris Adcock
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, Communicating a Digital Experience, Exploring A Digital Native Exhibit
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Today students will explore one another's Digital Native museum exhibits. They'll have a chance to think about each exhibit and make notes about how it accomplishes the scoring criteria.

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English Language Arts
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, The Effect of Digital Connectivity, Essay Feedback
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In today's lesson, students will give and receive thoughtful feedback on their argument essay. They will also explore the use of transitions and logic in writing.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, The Effect of Digital Connectivity, Modern Life On The Internet
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In this lesson, you will read and explore an allegory of modern life on the Internet. You will have a chance to create your own allegory to develop your thoughts about how constant digital connections have shaped our world.In this lesson, students will read and explore an allegory of modern life on the Internet. They will have a chance to create their own allegory to develop their thoughts about how constant digital connections have shaped our world.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Chris Adcock
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, The Effect of Digital Connectivity, Research On Information & Interaction
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In this lesson, you will consider the ways that ubiquitous computing has changed how we interact with information and how it has changed how we think about knowledge. You'll also have an opportunity to research independently.In this lesson, students will consider the ways that ubiquitous computing has changed how we interact with information and how it has changed how we think about knowledge. They'll also have an opportunity to research independently.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Revolution, Dickens as Storyteller, Novel Settings
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In this lesson, after they envision the setting of the novel, students will hear about a tableau and take part in creating one for presentation to the class. Finally, students will consider ways in which Dickens creates suspense and mystery.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Revolution, Revolutionary Writing, Extended Metaphors
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In this lesson, you will talk about how extended metaphors function in a literary work, and how Dickens uses many in his descriptions.In this lesson, students will talk about how extended metaphors function in a literary work, and how Dickens uses many in his descriptions.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Revolution, The Rebels, Mood Establishment In Scenes
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In this lesson, students will review the ways in which Dickens establishes a mood in the scenes in Paris, creating suspense and shaping the readers’ opinions of the Revolution. They will also review the way the “two cities” (London and Paris) compare.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Chris Adcock
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, The American Short Story, Class, Race, and Identity, Compare and Contrast Two Main Characters
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In this lesson, students will reflect on the main characters in the two short stories they have read recently. They will begin a short paper about these stories.

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English Language Arts
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Chris Adcock
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, The American Short Story, Class, Race, and Identity, Identity and Persona Across Genres
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In this lesson, you will explore how writers address issues of identity and persona across genres. You will read a famous poem “We Wear the Mask,” and consider how it relates to your other readings.In this lesson, students will explore how writers address issues of identity and persona across genres. They will read a famous poem “We Wear the Mask,” and consider how it relates to other readings.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Chris Adcock
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, The American Short Story, Class, Race, and Identity, Role of the Female Protagonist
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In this lesson, students will read and annotate the short story “A Warrior's Daughter” and consider the female protagonist's roles in her society. They'll also reflect on their own roles and how those roles change.

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English Language Arts
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Chris Adcock
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, The American Short Story, Culminating Project and Paper, Journal Entries
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In this lesson, students will reflect on the project presentations, read two more short stories, and complete Dialectical Journal entries for each.

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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, The American Short Story, Culminating Project and Paper, Project Presentation
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In this lesson, students will present their projects to the class. They will reflect on their own project and those of the other groups in the class.

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English Language Arts
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Chris Adcock
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, The American Short Story, "The Things They Carried", Dialectical Journal
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In this lesson, students will discuss the rest of “The Things They Carried.” They will also complete a Dialectical Journal entry and share it with the class.

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English Language Arts
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Chris Adcock
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, The American Short Story, "The Things They Carried", Essay Structure
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In the final lesson in this episode, and as a warm-up for the final essay and project, students will discuss the organization of the student sample essay “The Search for Knowledge.”

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Chris Adcock
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03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Granting Refuge, Case Presentations
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Whom should we let in? In this lesson, the defense, prosecution, and teenager from two cases will make their presentations. The policy board members will decide each case. Those observing will take notes, listing arguments for and against granting asylum.

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02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Report of Information, Detailed Draft Report
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In this lesson, you'll use your detailed outline to write an initial draft of your report. You'll share your writing in triads and receive feedback. Your essay may be chosen for Author's Chair. You'll revise the body of your report and consider ways to embed multimedia elements.In this lesson, students will use their detailed outline to write an initial draft of their report. They’ll share their writing in triads and receive feedback. Their essay may be chosen for Author’s Chair. Students will revise the body of their report and consider ways to embed multimedia elements.

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English Language Arts
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02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Report of Information, Report Presentations
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Congratulations on all the writing you have completed in this unit! In this lesson, selected students will present their work. After those presentations, you'll submit your report and write a reflection on what it means to be a civilized citizen.Congratulations on all the writing students have completed in this unit! In this lesson, selected students will present their work. After those presentations, they’ll submit their report and write a reflection on what it means to be a civilized citizen.

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English Language Arts
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02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Report of Information, Reviewing Granted Asylums
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In this lesson, you'll see who the class thought should be granted asylum. You'll learn about your next assignment: a report on an issue from your Independent Reading book. You'll choose your issue, submit it to your teacher, and start working.In this lesson, students will see who the class thought should be granted asylum. They’ll learn about their next assignment: a report on an issue from their Independent Reading book. Students will choose their issue, submit it to you, and start working.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, Examining Characters Actions & Persona
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In this lesson, students will write about and discuss this question: Who is enslaved in The Tempest? They’ll read, annotate, write about, and discuss act 5. Then students will take on the persona of one of the characters and explain their actions.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, O'Toole Essay on Technology
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Which character in The Tempest has been treated most unfairly? In this lesson, students will continue that discussion. Then they’ll share their annotation of the O’Toole essay and write about whether technology can be used to “suppress and subjugate.” Students will also plan for their “Who Is Civilized?” essay.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Project: Self-Portrait, Artifacts of Change, A Timeline Of Events
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Now it’s time for students to start planning their written chapter. They’ll read prior journal entries and written assignments to help them decide what they want to write about. As they start planning, they’ll consider what anecdotes and memorable characters to include and create a timeline of events.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Project: Self-Portrait, Artifacts of Change, Brainstorming Exercise
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The purpose of this third informational Benchmark Assessment (Cold Write) is to determine what students know about informational writing. Students respond to a writing prompt, and you will score results as a measure of progress in subsequent assessments. Then students will brainstorm what they want to communicate in their self-portrait and begin to outline their self-portrait.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Project: Self-Portrait, Artifacts of Change, Creating A Plan Calendar
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What do students need to accomplish to complete this project? What part of their work will take the most time? They’ll start to create a planning calendar to establish the steps of their work plan. They’ll schedule due dates for themselves and get feedback on their outline and calendar.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Project: Self-Portrait, Artifacts of Change, Project Revision
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Students will spend time finishing the revision of their written chapter and reviewing possible extensions to include in their work—such as creating an image or writing a poem. They’ll share the ways in which their project work has gone well and any concerns they still have.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Project: Self-Portrait, Artifacts of Change, Self-Potrait Written Chapter (Draft)
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Time to write! Students will get started on the first draft of the written chapter of their self-portrait. They’ll spend time focusing on ways to create a strong and memorable opening to draw their readers in.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Project: Self-Portrait, Artifacts of Change, Written Chapter Draft (Peer Review)
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What questions and concerns do students have with the first draft of their written chapter? They’ll spend time working with a partner to peer edit their draft and get feedback on their writing. They’ll then start planning the revisions they’ll make to their written chapter.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Project: Self-Portrait, What "Self" to Portray?, Chapter Planning
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For each of the five lenses, students will think of changes they’ve undergone and character strengths they’ve shown. Are there specific examples that they’d like to include in their self-portrait? They’ll start planning their chapters and the types of media they can use to express them.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Satire and Wit, Roots of Satire, Defining Satire
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In this lesson, students will define satire and look at examples of it in modern media. What makes it satire? Did students know that it was criticizing society when they saw it? What makes people like satire so much?

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Social Class and the Law, Character Analysis Essay, Character Analysis Conclusion (Peer Review)
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In this lesson, students continue to revise their Character Analysis Essay. They will look at an example of an effective conclusion and write an alternative conclusion for their essay. With a partner, they’ll discuss their two conclusions and pick the most effective.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Social Class and the Law, Character Analysis Essay, Character Analysis Essay (Drafts)
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In this lesson, students begin writing their Character Analysis Essay and share what they have written with a partner.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Social Class and the Law, Character Analysis Essay, Character Analysis Introduction (Peer Review)
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In this lesson, students revise their Character Analysis Essay. They will look at an example of an effective introduction and write an alternative introduction for their essay. With a partner, they will discuss their two introductions and pick the most effective.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Social Class and the Law, Character Analysis Essay, Final Peer Review
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In this lesson, students will review each other’s Character Analysis Essays. Then they’ll revise their essays again based on their partner’s feedback.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Social Class and the Law, Disobedience, Law, and Social Class, Civil Disobedience
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In this lesson, students learn about civil disobedience—about people purposefully disobeying a law that they feel to be unjust. They’ll read from two examples that address the issue: Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Social Class and the Law, Pygmalion, the Law, and Social Class, Act 3 At-Home Episode
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In this lesson, students will continue reading, annotating, and discussing Pygmalion. Then students will reread and focus on the “at-home” episode in act 3.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Social Class and the Law, Pygmalion, the Law, and Social Class, Discussion On The Plays Ending
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In this lesson, students finish reading, annotating, and discussing Pygmalion. They’ll write about what they think will happen to Liza after the play ends and discuss how satisfying they found the ending.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Social Class and the Law, Pygmalion, the Law, and Social Class, The Final Speech In The Play
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In this lesson, students continue reading, annotating, and discussing Pygmalion. They’ll write about the impact of Higgins’s meddling in Doolittle’s life and also Doolittle’s final speech in the play. They’ll also finish their Independent Reading Group Novel for homework.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Social Class and the Law, Pygmalion, the Law, and Social Class, The Greek Myth Pygmalion
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In this lesson, students will learn about the Greek myth the play Pygmalion is named after. Then they’ll begin reading and annotating the play, stopping periodically to discuss and write about it.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Social Class and the Law, Pygmalion, the Law, and Social Class, Use of Irony
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In this lesson, students read and discuss two poems and their authors’ use of irony. Then they’ll continue reading, annotating, and discussing Pygmalion.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Things Fall Apart, Character, Conflict, and Culture, The History of Missionary Work & Colonialism In Africa
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What background knowledge do students need in order to understand this novel? In this lesson, students learn more about Nigeria, the culture of the Igbo people (whom Achebe writes about), and the history of missionary work and colonialism in Africa.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Things Fall Apart, Our Own Stories, Project Planning
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Now that students have completed Your Character Narrative, it’s time to begin planning the second part of their project: their personal narrative. In this lesson, they’ll mine their personal journal entries for materials, and they’ll begin planning and outlining their first draft.

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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Things Fall Apart, Telling Their Stories, A Review On Character's Self Image
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Do other people’s perceptions of us teach us anything about ourselves? What do we hide from those around us? In this lesson, students will think about how their character’s self-image differs from what others see about him or her. Then, students will begin planning their Things Fall Apart narrative.

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